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nottop 20 ( +1 | -1 )
Yuri Sakkharov Has anybody heard of this person?
Is a "Yuri Sakharov memorial" tournament a major tournament?

I knew a politician/writer named Sakharov - but never a chessplayer.

Anybody know anything?

thunker 24 ( +1 | -1 )
Chessbase has quite a few games by him. Looks like he played from the 40's to the 70's and was rated around 2200....
Google turned up this also... ->
ccmcacollister 23 ( +1 | -1 )
Interesting ... He has 130 games on that site. And managed to score on some big guns. Draws with Polugaevsky And TAL. Also a late 1950's game with a "Kasparian" >!? Wasnt that Kasparov pre-Sovietized name? Did his dad play? hmmm
fmgaijin 9 ( +1 | -1 )
9th World CCC = 9/10th. Ukrainian player; didn't get out of the USSR much but had an excellent rep as both OTB and CC player.
thunker 51 ( +1 | -1 )
Craig Couldn't be Garry, cuz he wasn't born until '63. His mother's maiden name was Kasparian, later Kasparov, but his father's name was Vajnshtejn. After his dad died around 1970, he took the Soviet surname "Kasparov" which, as you pointed out, is the Russian version of the Armenian "Kasparian."
Don't know if his dad ever played chess or not, but he wouldn't have played under the name "Kasparian" as neither it or "Kasparov" was his surname.
ccmcacollister 5 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks Thunker! Aha, so the question becomes, did his MOM ever play Chess ! :)
arichallan 35 ( +1 | -1 )
Kasparian I think this name would probably refer to Genrikh Kasparian. I remember that he was given in a book as having blundered in a game by either missing a mate or trying to move a pinned knight. A quick search reveals that he did in fact play a game against Sakharov, and was apparently famous for his endgame studies.